By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang has appealed for peaceful demonstrations from groups and individuals calling for a revolutionary government (RevGov) despite President Duterte’s expression denouncing such type of government.
This after groups expressed on social media their desire to hold demonstrations asking President Duterte to declare a revolutionary government to address the problems in the country, particularly the threat of terrorism, criminality, corruption in government and illegal drugs.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, even if Duterte already stated that he does not want a revolutionary government, the people are free to voice out their opinions regarding the matter.
The Palace official, however, asked the protesters to ensure that their demonstrations are peaceful and will not inconvenience the public.
“We ask those who would join in today’s demonstrations calling for a revolutionary government to conduct their rallies in a peaceful, orderly manner,” Roque said in a statementThursday morning.
“The President has earlier said that he does not want a revolutionary government. This, however, does not mean he would prevent citizens from expressing their support for a revolutionary government,” he added.
Roque noted how Duterte articulated, in numerous occasions, that he allows protests and other forms of mass action as long as public safety and convenience are not compromised.
Roque assured that the police will observe maximum tolerance and exercise highest restraint during the conduct of all demonstrations during Bonifacio Day.
It was earlier reported that rallies supporting a revolutionary government under the Duterte administration would be held in 19 cities and towns, mostly in areas where Duterte won during the elections, coinciding the celebration of Bonifacio Day.
Progressive groups also held rallies to protest various issues they feel Duterte’s government failed to address, particularly the idea of a revolutionary government.
Duterte was supposed to lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony for the 154th Birth Anniversary of Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City.
He, however, was not supposed to attend. Vice President Leni Robredo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the ceremonies.
President Duterte earlier said that he would only declare a revolutionary government if he feels that there are threats to topple the government.
Roque earlier assured that a revolutionary government is still not an option as there is no compelling reason or imminent threat yet to remove Duterte from power.
The Palace official, however, recognized that some Duterte supporters are calling for a revolutionary government as they think that it would expedite the changes the President has promised.
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